New Evangelization Needs Tradition and History to be Effective

11/12/2013 Comments (8)
Dominik Cira

Cardinal Walter Brandmueller celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass with participants of the conference 'Sacra Liturgia' in the basilica of Sant'Apollinare alle Terme in Rome, June 28, 2013.

– Dominik Cira

The new head of a worldwide federation of traditional Catholics has stressed that if the New Evangelization is to be effective, it’s vital that the faithful know and understand the Church’s roots, history and tradition.

James Bogle, who was elected president of the International Una Voce Federation at a Rome conference this past weekend, said young people are especially aware of the importance of rediscovering the Church’s roots. “It’s a voyage of discovery and one that they enjoy,” he told the Register.

Bogle argued that if Catholics don’t understand their roots “then it’s difficult to evangelize because when you attempt to evangelise, people will ask you, 'Where does it all come...READ MORE

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Relics of St. Peter to Go On Public Display

Exposition will be one of the closing events of the Year of Faith

11/09/2013 Comments (10)

The Vatican Necropolis.

– wikipedia

For the first time and to coincide with the end of the Year of Faith, the Vatican is to put on public display the relics of St. Peter.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, announced the Vatican’s plans in a Nov. 8 article in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

Recalling how many pilgrims have made a pilgrimage to the tomb of Peter during the Year of Faith, he said that a “final culminating sign will consist of the exposition for the first time what tradition recognises as the relics of the apostle who gave his life for the Lord.”

“Peter's faith, therefore, will confirm once again that the door to meeting...READ MORE

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Senior Leader in Legionaries of Christ Resigns

11/06/2013 Comments (60)
Legionaries of Christ

Fr. Deomar De Guedes.

– Legionaries of Christ

One of the most senior leaders of the Legionaries of Christ has resigned from the order, saying he "did not have the necessary energy to confront the challenges" of his position.

Fr. Deomar De Guedes LC, second general counsellor of the order, submitted his resignation to Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, pontifical delegate of the Legionaries of Christ.

Cardinal De Paolis has been leading a reform of the Legion since revelations of grave abuse and corruption by its founder, Father Marcial Maciel, came to light. 

In a statement, the order said Fr. De Guedes “had asked the pontifical delegate to be exclaustrated from the Legion, but Cardinal De Paolis granted him permission to resign...READ MORE

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Vatican Publishes Preparatory Document on 2014 Synod

11/05/2013 Comments (9)

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi.

– EP

The Vatican today published a series of questions aimed at allowing churches to participate actively in the preparation of next year’s extraordinary synod on the family and evangelization.

The questions form part of a preparatory document on the synod whose purpose will be to help the faithful proclaim the Gospel in the context of the pastoral challenges facing the family today.

Contrary to some media reports, Pope Francis is not presenting a questionnaire to Catholics worldwide to consult on homosexual unions and divorced persons.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNA Nov. 4 that such an assertion is “not true” but that the survey in question is, in fact, part of a...READ MORE

Filed under evangelization, family, marriage, questionnaire, synod of bishops, synod_2ol4

Consistory for Creation of New Cardinals Confirmed for February

10/31/2013 Comments (1)

The Vatican today confirmed what has been rumoured for some time: a consistory for the creation of cardinals to be held on February 22nd next year.

The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., made the following declaration this morning:

“On the occasion of the meeting of the 'Council of Cardinals' scheduled for early next October (1-3 October) and the subsequent meeting of the Synod Council (7-8 October), the Pope has informed the participants of his intention to convoke a Consistory for the creation of new cardinals on the occasion of the Feast of the Cathedral of St. Peter, 22 February. Pope Francis has decided to communicate his decision to convoke...READ MORE

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Italian Magazine Says NSA Listened into Vatican and Pope

10/30/2013 Comments (22)

The National Security Agency has been listening into telephone calls of the Pope and senior Vatican officials, an Italian magazine has claimed.

In an article in Panorama which will appear on newsstands tomorrow, the NSA is reported to have allegedly tapped the phonecalls of Vatican officials and senior prelates before and during the Conclave, as well as incoming and outgoing calls from the Domus Internationalis residence where the Pope was living before his election.

Panorama also says there are suspicions that the conversations of the Pope were even monitored long before he was elected. The magazine refers to the Wikileaks files which, it says, revealed that Cardinal Jorge Mario...READ MORE

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Canon Law Expert Reflects on Archbishop Müller's Article

10/25/2013 Comments (18)

Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


In a highly publicised article published in L'Osservatore Romano Oct. 22, Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote extensively about the Church's teaching on divorced and remarried Catholics. 

Entitled 'The Power of Grace', the article was an in-depth reaffirmation of the Church's teaching, but it also underlined the imperative to show pastoral concern to those who find themselves in these irregular situations. The full text of the article can be read here.

To gain an expert reflection on the significance of the article, I spoke with Father Luis Navarro, dean of the canon law faculty at the Pontifical Univiersity of the Holy Cross...READ MORE

Filed under annulments, archbishop gerhard mueller, communion, divorced and remarried catholics, pontifical university of the holy cross, professor luis navarro

Pope Francis Greets Trailblazing Parliamentary Group

10/23/2013 Comments (3)


Pope Francis today met members of the U.K.’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Holy See and gave them his special greetings. 

The Group - the first of its kind among world parliaments - has been at the Vatican to further strengthen relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See. 

Hosted by Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker, the group of parliamentarians from both Houses have been paying visits to various dicasteries. As well as receiving personal good wishes from the Holy Father Wednesday, they met senior officials in the Secretariat of State and representatives of Caritas Internationalis. Yesterday, the MPs and Peers called in on the Congregation for the...READ MORE

Filed under all-party parliamentary group, diplomacy, holy see, united kingdom, vatican

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin